"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Donald Trump Has Made a Big Mistake in Siding With the Obstructionists on the Supreme Court Nomination

Political centrists decide the Presidential elections and treating a politically centrist Supreme Court nomination in an unmannerly way is not good politics. Indeed, things at the moment are not looking good for the Republican Party.

We are very good at calling Presidential election results and, for example, called Obama's first Presidential win very early in the primaries 8 years ago.

This Presidential year we have been of the opinion from the very beginning of Donald Trump's campaign that Trump might pull off a similar unexpected win in 2016 and through his administration subsequently correct some of the economic and foreign policy failings that have been made in recent decades.

However, we definitely expect Trump not to kowtow to the anti-democratic extremist obstructionist faction in mainstream GOP ranks, who represent what we regard to be the forces of political destruction, and are thus anathema.

Accordingly, we are very upset with Trump's apparent decision to side with the obstructionists on current President Barack Obama's nomination of centrist Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. See GOP Leaders Wanted This Supreme Court Justice -- Until Obama Nominated Him.

We predict now that this obstruction, perhaps more than any other event this Presidential election year, will cause the GOP to lose the upcoming Presidential election to Hillary Clinton, a candidate who we only marginally support, but for whose support there may be no alternative among voters who find themselves in the political center.

Our view is that there are certain lines that political parties in the USA can not cross, and if they do so, they lose elections. This is one such line, and we think that the GOP is making a big mistake in obstructing the orderly Constitutional process of government, so that Donald Trump is making an even bigger mistake in affiliating himself with that political faction.

The Constitution of the United States is very clear about who does what in terms of the separation of powers.
  • The President is the chief executive.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the judiciary.
  • Senators and Representatives of the U.S. Congress are elected to be LEGISLATORS in Washington D.C. They are not elected to run the country or to call the shots in important day-to-day government affairs.
Each such Congressional representative actually represents only a small fraction of the people of the United States and thus is only one vote of many in terms of what should be done as far as the U.S. government is concerned. This does not keep Congress-Persons from having delusions of grandeur.

In recent years, in fact, Congressional representatives have more and more neglected their legislative duties, to the detriment of the nation, failing to enact much necessary legislation, and have increasingly taken to "playing President", the job of the Executive branch, or to interfering with the impartiality of judging, the job of the Judiciary, with thus far catastrophic results for stable government, even forcing a "government shutdown", one of the most shameful events of U.S. history, directly attributable to extremist obstructionists in Congress. In our view, a strong President would and could have arrested the obstructionist leaders for insurrection. He failed to do so.

A simple politician such as Mitch McConnell is merely a representative of his State of Kentucky and, regardless of the fact that his colleagues in the U.S. Senate have voted him to be Majority Leader of their body, this gives him no standing to interfere with the duties of the Executive or the Judiciary, but exactly that is what he is doing, together with other destructively-minded Congressional obstructionists such as Rafael Cruz, who are making up "new" Constitutional rules nowhere found in the U.S. Constitution about the non-confirmation of judges in Presidential election years.

In our opinion, such Constitutional usurpations by members of Congress will not be taken lightly by many U.S. citizens as the Supreme Court nomination drama unfolds, because it treads heavily on the principles according to which the United States was founded. The main rules of the country are not just made up as you go along, as is currently being done by the Senate.

We think that the obstruction of a Supreme Court nomination will by no means meet with majority voter approval. Quite the contrary, we expect the GOP to suffer serious Presidential election voter losses in the middle of the political spectrum among erudite, educated people who recognize the nature of the political scam being enacted in Congress. You can not fool all of the people all of the time.

We shall see. The proof is in the pudding. Significant for us, in any case, is that we regard this breach of U.S. Constitutional principles to be so outrageous, that we herewith revoke our support for Donald Trump, the only GOP candidate -- in our view -- with any real chance of beating the Democratic Party in the upcoming Presidential election.

The message to McConnell, Cruz and the remaining obstructionists is thus clear, also to Trump if he continues to side with the obstructionists. If you want to win, you play by the standard rules, or you are ultimately thrown out of the game. And so it shall be. That is our prediction.